Postdoctoral Fellowship: History of Popular Science in C19 Ireland

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship is available from September 2003 for a project on the history of popular science in nineteenth-century Ireland. The fellowship is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of a project on Networks of Science and Culture in Ireland at the Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. The project is organised in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast, and the fellow have contacts with staff from Galway and Belfast. The will be based in the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change, at Galway.

The fellowship carries a stipend of Euro 32,000 per annum.

The fellow will investigate the networks of popular science in Ireland in the nineteenth century. The precise form of the project will depend on the successful applicant’s area of expertise and interest, but it is expected to focus particularly on the material cultures (excluding print culture) of popular science, for instance, exhibitions, zoos, botanical gardens, lecture-demonstrations. Applicants with experience of using images and/or objects as sources would be particularly welcome to apply.

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Applicants should have completed a PhD (by 1st September 2003) in either the history of science and technology in the nineteenth century, or nineteenth-century Irish history, and should have expertise in an area directly relevant to the fellowship project. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, synopsis of PhD thesis, covering letter and the names of two referees to Dr Aileen Fyfe, Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway. Informal inquiries can be made to Aileen Fyfe, [email protected].